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Jonathan Davis with his microphone stand designed by H.R. Giger. (Yes, seriously.)

I've long been a big fan of Korn, but it's been hard to get particularly animated when their last decent album (though admittedly my personal favourite) was Untouchables, released back in 2002. After that, first there was an okay album that seemed to be trying to revert to their old style, then an attempt to go a bit more poppy, then another album which felt similarly poppy and then finally another attempt to revert to their old style with absolutely no good songs on it whatsoever.

Now they've released an album where every song is conjunction with some kind of industrial and/or dubstep artist. The best songs are in conjunction with Skrillex (whose video seems to be doing the rounds on the internet right now). The songs in question are embedded below:

Get Up (featuring Skrillex)



(video link)

Narcissistic Cannibal (featuring Skrillex and Kill The Noise)



(video link)

The new album is called "The Path Of Totality" and it sounds absolutely brilliant. A real surprise and it just goes to show that Korn are at their best when they try to be a bit more experimental.

Also there's a rather amusing review at the AV Club which tells us that it's worse than sludge. I remember when there were nothing but glowing reviews for Blur's (now thankfully forgotten) album "13". Music criticism is such BS.

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charlycrash
Feb. 11th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
I actually hate dubstep (at least the dubstep I've heard, which I've described as "drum & bass that can't be arsed") and Korn were getting stale a decade ago, but I was actually surprised how good "Get Up" was when I heard it.
fabfunk
Feb. 11th, 2012 07:22 am (UTC)
"13" is not forgotten.
fatpie42
Feb. 11th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
It's hardly revered as the classic it was praised for being upon its release though, is it?

It's forgotten in the sense that people playing old Blur songs are more likely to pick "Song 2" than "Tender".
jexacinna
Feb. 11th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Best ofs and the 'single factor' probably play their part, but tracks from 13 are well represented in Blur's Lastfm top 15 and 13 is in their top four albums. But then the people scrobbling those tunes are Blur fans...

Not sure what 'worse than sludge' is meant to mean, but if it's a reference to the metal sub genre (metal sub genre's have *all* the cool tags) then I can only guffaw. Kylesa, Baroness, Harvey Milk et al would merely have to fall out of bed to make more interesting sounds than Korn have managed in a decade of ill-advised necromantic dalliances with hip-hop and pop production teams. Of course that's only my opinion, but I'm not a music reviewer and must therefore be taken seriously :)
fatpie42
Feb. 12th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Saying "worse than sludge" just means they hated it. They wrote this:
But Korn’s agonizingly slow evolution hit a wall with last year’s sludge-treading Korn III: Remember Who You Are. To Korn’s credit, The Path Of Totality is its most radical reinvention to date. It’s also the worst slab of sludge it ever shat....
Only Totality doesn’t even have sludge going for it.


Kylesa, Baroness, Harvey Milk et al would merely have to fall out of bed to make more interesting sounds than Korn have managed in a decade of ill-advised necromantic dalliances with hip-hop and pop production teams.

Um... okay....

Er.. I actually like Korn. (Hence why I actually cared when the last four albums were so disappointing.) Still, I presume this means you recommend those bands, so I'll give them a look. Any suggestions for particular songs?
jexacinna
Feb. 12th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
hah - the whole comment was fairly tongue in cheek tbh man.

Korn for me were an interesting proposition through about '97. After that they seemed to run on the spot and fall over, but I must admit to not having given them a huge amount of earspace.

Kylesa, Baroness et al are all fairly different to Korn, but try the Red Album and Static Tensions respectively.
fatpie42
Feb. 12th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Tbh, I don't really like any of their stuff until after 97. I decided to try and make a "best of" selection this week and, asides from "ADIDAS" there weren't any songs from the first two albums that I wanted to include.

I first came across Korn when a friend showed me the "Issues" album. I wasn't that impressed on first listen (though I wasn't into metal in general at the time) and then I randomly heard "Made Me Bad" later on and suddenly realised that I really liked their stuff.

But yeah, on most of their albums there's one or two songs that are good. ("Issues" would be a bit more consistent if it didn't have so many tracks that last about a minute or less.) But "Untouchables" is not only a notably different style from their other albums, but it actually has more consistently good songs. (Also I don't know if you are familiar with the game "Pikmin" but that images from that often come into my head when I'm listening to the album because I was playing that a lot when I first bought it.)

Thanks for the recs. :)
jexacinna
Feb. 12th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
I was quite into Life is Peachy at the time, but Korn were never a major focus for me - I was partly into the bands they'd influenced who (it seemed at the time) had done a wee bit more with the downtuned blueprint and I was partly caught up in the whole Marilyn Manson thang, with which sk8 wear just didn't go.

I must be honest and say I've probably never listened to a post Issues album all the way through. I remember reading hilarious things about the millions of dollars they spent loosening machineheads to play the same sort of riffs on Untouchables and hiring Avril Lavigne's songwriting team on whichever record that was... but I didn't listen to them beyond the singles. Perhaps I owe them another shot.
jexacinna
Feb. 12th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
I actually mean Static Tensions and The Red Album respectively, but yeah...
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